Changing the resolution in a RHEV guest causes "Exit message Lost connection with qemu process" error

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  • After connecting to a RHEV guest and changing the resolution a few times, the connection to the VM died. The following error messages were seen

    • On the Admin Portal:

      VM name_of_vm is down. Exit message Lost connection with qemu process.
    • In /var/log/vdsm/vdsm.log:

      Traceback (most recent call last):
        File "/usr/share/vdsm/", line 373, in collect
        File "/usr/share/vdsm/", line 250, in __call__
          retValue = self._function(*args, **kwargs)
        File "/usr/share/vdsm/", line 71, in _highWrite
          self._vm._dom.blockInfo(vmDrive.path, 0)
        File "/usr/share/vdsm/", line 445, in f
          ret = attr(*args, **kwargs)
        File "/usr/share/vdsm/", line 63, in wrapper
          ret = f(*args, **kwargs)
        File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/", line 1664, in blockInfo
          if ret is None: raise libvirtError ('virDomainGetBlockInfo() failed', dom=self)
      libvirtError: Unable to read from monitor: Connection reset by peer
    • In /var/log/libvirt/qemu/name_of_vm.log:

      validate_surface: failed on 92
      validate_surface: panic !worker->surfaces[surface_id].context.canvas
      2013-01-11 16:42:25.680+0000: shutting down 


  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.0, 3.1
  • spice-server-0.10.1-10 or older installed on the host(s)

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